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Special Parking, Shuttle Service Planned for Maya Angelou Lecture


In anticipation of another largepublic turnout for its Great Names Series, Hamilton College officialshave announced special parking and shuttle bus plans for the lecture by MayaAngelou on Wednesday, Oct. 22. _Angelou, a best-selling author, poet, educator,actress and civil rights activist will speak at 7:30 p.m., in the MargaretBundy Scott Field House. A full capacity crowd is expected, and thoseinterested in attending should arrive early as seating is limited. Doors willopen at 6 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shuttle buses will begin running at 6 p.m. from parking lots on campus and fromthe Skenandoa Golf Club on Norton Avenue and the Clinton Central School parkinglot on Elm Street. Security officers will be stationed at key intersections oncampus to direct visitors.

Hailed as "one of the great voices of contemporary literature," Angelou is theauthor of 11 best-selling books, including the autobiographical, I Know Whythe Caged Bird Sings, which was nominated for the National Book Award in1970 and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for two years. Amongher poetry, Angelou's Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiiewas nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and she also won a Grammy Award for herpoem On the Pulse of the Morning which she wrote and delivered forPresident's Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

A respected actress, playwright, producer and director, Angelou was nominatedfor her performance in Roots and was the producer of the first originalscreenplay by a black woman, Georgia Georgia, which she produced in1971. She is also the producer of the documentary Afro-American in theArts, a PBS special that received the Golden Eagle Award.

Born Marguerite Johnson, Angelou was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. Shebegan her career in drama and dance, and in the late 1950s she joined theHarlem Writers Guild in New York City. After marrying a South African freedomfighter she lived in Cairo and in Ghana where she worked as the features editorof the African Review and taught at the University of Ghana.

Currently, Angelou lectures throughout the United States and abroad and wasrecently the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest Universityin North Carolina.

Angelou's address will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Thoseneeding special parking and seating arrangements because of physical handicapsare asked to call 859-4656. Photography during the event will not bepermitted.

Contact Information


Media Relations Office

198 College Hill Road 
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4680 pr@hamilton.edu
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